2018 has been a year where I spent a great deal of time challenging myself out of my comfort zone. One year ago, I never would have imagined myself getting up at 7:15 a.m. on a weekend to attend a spin class or working with a fitness coach! This was all prompt by a “I do” taking place next June! As a foodie and person with absolutely no athletic gene, I was really afraid that living healthy meant that I would be eating boiled veggies for the rest of my life and I would be working out at the gym 6 days a week, 3 hours a day!! Fortunately, I was able to overcome my fears and embrace the challenge! Do not underestimate the motivation to fit into your dream wedding dress!
For those foodies out there who fear that they have to say goodbye to delicious and beautiful food but want to live healthy, I have great news for you! Living healthy has actually taken my foodie experience to a whole new level! In this last year, I’ve spent significant time researching about the nutritional values of various foods, experimenting with new recipes and cooking techniques so I could prepare healthier meals. All this research has really changed my perspective on food and made me really learn to appreciate the food that I consume now. Although I am eating healthier now, I still go out for dinners with my friends and I am still eating the foods that I love! It’s not a myth that you can eat delicious food and still lose weight!
As for the exercise…I realized there REALLY is no shortcut! ☹ Exercising is painful but as my spinning instructor would say “this is just short term pain for long term gain!” Highly encourage you to do it with your significant other or a pal because you will keep each other accountable and will be less likely to skip out on that early morning spin class! Also, get a fitness coach because they will really help you get the most from your workout! Yes, they are more expensive but you will see RESULTS! When you exercise regularly and keep your eyes on the prize, exercising will get a little easier over time!
In addition to learning how to live a healthy lifestyle in 2018, I’ve also learned how to handle a new job, how to plan a wedding under a tight budget and most importantly, I learned a great deal about myself. Although at times the deep soul-searching process was painful, I’ve come out of 2018 becoming a new and improved me.
For those of you who know me and my busy schedule, I have forced myself to limit my new year resolution for 2019 to two simple objectives! First objective is to NOT WORRY AND BE THANKFUL. Apparently, science has proven that you can’t be both simultaneously! Being a super anxious person, I need to learn to focus on the glass being half full rather than the glass half empty!
The last objective is to LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Often times, I have too much stuff on the go so I’m always two steps ahead of myself thinking what I need to get done next. As a result, I often forget to just relax and enjoy myself! I’ll conclude this post with one of my favourite quotes of all times: ‘Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” HAPPY NEW YEARS! HOPE 2019 WILL BE A GREAT YEAR FOR EVERYONE! 😀